Former Spurs midfielder Jermaine Jenas says Eden Hazard is now bigger than Chelsea

Former Spurs midfielder Jermaine Jenas says Eden Hazard is now bigger than Chelsea

- Former Spurs midfielder Jermaine Jenas urges Eden Hazard to leave Chelsea now

- The Belgian star has a contract with the Blues until the summer of 2020

- He was unable to rescue Maurizio Sarri's side from losing to Tottenham in the first leg of their EFL Cup first leg clash at the Wembley Stadium

Former England midfielder Jermaine Jenas believes Eden Hazard has become 'too good' to be playing for Chelsea.

The Belgian attacker has netted ten goals and assisted nine others in 20 Premier League appearances this campaign.

And all effort to get the 28-year-old to extend his stay with the Stamford Bridge outfit has proven unfruitful as his current deal with the club expires in 2020.

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The BBC Sport pundit who featured for Tottenham Hotspur during his active playing days described Hazard as "unplayable" in Chelsea's 1-0 defeat by Spurs at Wembley in the Carabao Cup semi-final.

He insisted that the Belgium international must leave the west London club in a bid to take his career to the next level.

"I thought he was unplayable at times," said Jenas, on BBC Radio 5 live's Football Daily podcast. "I actually said [in commentary] that I think he is too good for Chelsea.

"Chelsea are obviously a top, top side but I think he has outgrown them. I think he has outgrown his position within that team. "He needs to move on. He is above a level of everybody else that is around him."

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Since he joined the Blues in 2012, he has won two Premier League titles, one FA Cup and one EFL Cup .

He was also instrumental to his country winning bronze medal at the 2018 World Cup tourney in Russia after scoring three goals and two assists in six matches.

When asked about Chelsea's 1-0 defeat to Spurs in the EFL Cup on Tuesday night, Jenas said that: "You're definitely not getting the best out of Hazard [playing him through the middle]."

"You get the best out of him on the left, doing what he wants to do, dropping into midfield, breaking from deep, running at players. That's how he scores a lot of his goals.

"Up top, with his back to goal, he is a lot easier to deal with. He is still a danger but he is much easier to handle.

"From the team's perspective, they don't react well to him playing through the middle because they don't respond to the positions he takes up.

"When he drops deep nobody fills in and goes to play that higher position that, say, Dele [Alli] would do for Tottenham.

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"He can do it, he's talented, but do you get the best Eden Hazard? I don't think you do, no." earlier reported that Tottenham Hotspur beat Chelsea 1-0 in the first leg of the EFL Cup final at Wembley Stadium on Tuesday night.

Harry Kane scored the only goal that handed his side the victory after normal regulation period through the spot kick.

The goal brought Kane's goal tally to all competition to 19 in all competitions this campaign as all efforts for the Blues to turn the able around proved unfruitful. ( -> We have updated to serve you better

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